Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Holiday Activities

Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Holiday Activities

The holiday season is here! Hanukkah (celebrated begins Sunday, December 2 at sunset and ends Monday, December 10 at nightfall) and Kwanzaa (begins Wednesday, December 26 (in 28 days ends Tuesday, January 1) are right around the corner. Charlotte’s Best Nanny has found some fun activities in Charlotte and the surrounding areas to celebrate with you and your family.

 

Hannukah 2018 Activities:

December 1, 2018

Levine JCC Hanukkah Extravaganza 5 PM-7 PM

Activities include games, songs and crafts. Dinner is included in the cost

Geared towards grades K-5

$10 for Members and $15 for Non-Members

December 2, 2018

Menorah Lighting SouthPark Mall 4 PM-6 PM

Put on by Chabad of Charlotte, this celebration will include treats, family activities and music. The menorah will be lit at 6PM. Free

1st Night Menorah Lighting, Donut Truck and More

Temple Kol Tikvah of Lake Norman, Davidson | 4 p.m.

 

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Join the Jewish community and Temple Kol Tikvah as the welcome the holiday of Chanukah with a communal Menorah Lighting, music, face painting, donut truck and more.

 

December 3, 2018

Ice Menorah Lighting at Stonecrest (In the Fountain Plaza) 5 PM

Sponsored by Ballantyne Chabad, this celebration will include traditional Hanukkah treats, hot drinks, Hanukkah games, crafts and more. Free

December 4, 2018

Menorah Lighting Waxhaw (E. North Main Street in Downtown Waxhaw) 5:30 PM

Family friendly activities and menorah lighting. Free

 

Kwanzaa 2018 Activities

 

There will be several opportunities in 2018 to learn about and to celebrate Kwanzaa in the Charlotte area. All of these are free, family-friendly events, unless otherwise specified.

Kwanzaa lasts seven days, starting December 26th, each one with a focus on a different principle:

Day 1. Umoja means unity.

Day 2. Kujichagulia means self-determination.

Day 3. Ujima means working together.

Day 4. Ujamaa means supporting each other.

Day 5. Nia means purpose.

Day 6. Kuumba means creativity.

Day 7. Imani means faith.

City-Wide Kwanzaa Celebrations

The city-wide celebration, presented by Kwanzaa Charlotte, will offer educational and artistic programs throughout the Charlotte community from December 26 – January 1, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sign language interpretation by Fluent Language Solutions will be available for designated programs, and upon request.

 

An African Marketplace will be available on most evenings, and will open at 6 p.m.

All events are free, and open to the public.

 

Umoja: Unity

Wednesday, December 26th

Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church

6116 Montieth Drive

Host: A Sign of the Times Band & Rev. Dr. Sheldon R. Shipman

6 p.m.: African Marketplace

7 p.m.: Program

 

Kujichagulia : Self-Determination

Thursday, December 27th

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center

(Adjacent to Bruns Academy)

440 Wesley Heights Way

Host: The Jzar Family & Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation

6 p.m.: African Marketplace

7 p.m.: Program

 

Ujima: Collective Work & Responsibility

Friday, December 28th

East Stonewall AME Zion Church

1729 Griers Grove Rd

Host: The Males Place

6 p.m.: African Marketplace

7 p.m.: Program

 

Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics

Saturday, December 29th

Kamitic Life Center

2715 Tuckaseegee Rd.

Host: Kamit Natural Foods & Ausar Auset Society

6 p.m.: African Marketplace

7 p.m.: Program

 

Nia: Purpose

Sunday, December 30th

Our Lady of Consolation

Catholic Church Family Life Center

1235 Badger Court

Host: Kwanzaa Charlotte & The Nation of Islam

6 p.m.: African Marketplace

7 p.m.: Program

 

Kuumba: Creativity

Monday, December 31st

Our Lady of Consolation

Catholic Church Family Life Center

1235 Badger Court

Host: Kwanzaa Charlotte

6 p.m.: African Marketplace

7 p.m.: Program

 

Imani: Faith

Tuesday, January 1st

Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church

6116 Montieth Drive

Host: A Sign of the Times Band & Rev. Dr. Sheldon R. Shipman

7 p.m.

 

Discussion and Celebration at Gantt Center

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is hosting two Kwanzaa related events, a discussion on December 11th, 2018, for ages 18+, and a celebration on December 29th for everyone.

Both are free events.

 

Talk About It Tuesday–A Kwanzaa-Inspired Conversation on Cooperative Economics

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Free

Celebrate the fourth principle of Kwanzaa, Ujamaa, with an evening of networking and conversation around shared work and wealth. Participants will discuss the importance of small business and entrepreneurship within in Charlotte communities and next steps to expand opportunities throughout the city.

 

Kwanzaa Celebration

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free

A day of hands-on art, performances & conversations celebrating the principles of Kwanzaa. Create Kwanzaa keepsakes, sample local sweets – shop with some of Charlotte’s businesses of color in the museum store.

Kwanzaa workshop at Beatties Ford Road Regional Library

Kwanzaa At Home

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Beatties Ford Road Regional Library

2412 Beatties Ford Road

Free

Kwanzaa Charlotte and Beatties Ford Road Regional Library present a workshop designed for families who want to learn how to Celebrate Kwanzaa at Home. Learn the origins, the seven basic symbols, the fundamental activities, and the essential values of this time honored celebration of family, community and culture. Pronunciation of the Kiswahili terms and the creation of a Kwanzaa craft will be a part of this fun-filled, interactive program.

   

 

We hope everyone celebrating has an amazing holiday this year!

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